was introduced in one of the previous books in the series. Asher has kept his royal Elvish parent a secret his entire life, but when Phin comes back to the Second Kingdom hoping to gain allies for his lover Joseph's cause, Asher gets drawn into more political intrigue and is forced to stop hiding. Simeon is the
feline shifter sent with Phin as bodyguard and ambassador to his own family. Like Phin, he prefers to avoid the Second Kingdom and its problems, but his immediate desire for Asher causes his thinking to widen slowly to include more than just himself.
The pairing of Simeon and Asher seemed unlikely at first, but the way the events developed made it make so much sense by the end of the story. I enjoyed the way their strengths played off each
other and how Simeon learned to care about a species other than his own and really pay attention to the ugliness of his home kingdom. I was really surprised by the king of the elves and his solution for the succession issue. Again, the main villain of the series showed his long reach without ever actually showing up in the book - I look forward to seeing the overall resolution of the series, but the journey is very enjoyable. As always, I am sucked in by RJ Scott to the world the author has created and don't really want to leave it when the book is over!